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T1621/16 – GJE Cleans Up at the EPO Board of Appeal

Gill Jennings & Every LLP has an extensive EPO opposition practice and has long played a leading role in the development of EPO case law. The EPO Board of Appeal has recently issued a rare ‘B’ decision in case T1621/16, where the patentee was represented by John Fisher (Partner at...

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The Notional Business Person at the EPO

The EPO has been routinely refusing patent applications relating to inventions applied in a business sphere as ‘mere automation of a business or administrative method using a computer’. It is of course desirable to have an idea of how the EPO will treat an invention having a business method aspect...

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A Material Difference in Registered Designs

Earlier this month, we brought you news of an IPEC decision in which a design right holder suffered from a failure to properly consider how colour in design representations would affect the scope of a design. Now we bring news of a recent EUIPO appeal, which looked at the significance...

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Baby Blues for Shnuggle

In a judgment from the Intellectual Property and Enterprise Court (IPEC) handed down towards the end of 2019, baby baths became the latest product to highlight the importance of the type of images used when seeking to register a design. To the detriment of the design owner, Shnuggle, there was...

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How to Protect your Designs after Brexit

After much uncertainty, the UK is finally set to leave the EU on 31st January 2020. As we have said before, this will have big implications for companies who have previously relied on registered and unregistered European Community designs to protect their products in the UK. The headline point is...

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